The file on Michael Crabtree
Michael Crabtree was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where he attended David W. Carter High School where he played quarterback. He was the nation's No. 16 athlete and No. 22 player from the state of Texas according to Rivals.com. He accepted an athletic scholarship to Texas Tech University over perennial football powers Oklahoma, Texas A&M and others. Crabtree was redshirted in order to get acclimated to the wide receiver position.
In his first season as a wide receiver, Crabtree dominated the competition in Texas Tech's air-raid offense. He had at least 11 receptions in each of his first four games. The Dallas native had seven multiple receiving touchdown games as a freshman and subsequently named a Consensus All-American, along with being a recipient of the Fred Biletnikoff Award. He finished the year leading the nation with 134 receptions for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns in 13 games – all records for Texas Tech.
Crabtree was heralded as a potential Heisman hopeful entering his redshirt sophomore season. Although he had a stellar second season, he failed to better his outrageous freshman numbers. He finished the year with 97 receptions, 1,165 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns, again winning the Biletnikoff Award.
Draft and Rookie season
Crabtree decided to forgo his remaining two seasons in college to enter the NFL Draft. He left college with eight NCAA records. On Feb. 21, 2009, Crabtree sustained a fracture in his left foot. He had surgery on the leg after the Combine, but before Texas Tech's Pro Day. He was selected No. 10 overall by the 49ers. Crabtree held out of Training Camp because he lacked a contract. On Oct. 7, 2009 Crabtree agreed to a six-year contract worth $32 million. The first-rounder played in 11 games, catching 48 passes for 625 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie.
Crabtree started the 2010 season slow with six receptions for 81 yards in the team's first three games. He eclipsed 100 receiving yards for the first time in his career during a 27-24 Week 5 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished the year ranked first among 49ers' wide receivers, and second on the team overall, with 55 receptions for 741 yards and six touchdowns -- five of which were in a seven game stretch from Week 5 to Week 12.
49ers' lead man
The Texas Tech alum started the 2011 offseason recovering from a broken foot that led to surgery. The broken bone was on the same foot that Crabtree injured prior to the NFL Combine in 2009. Crabtree missed the 49ers second game of the year after recording just one catch for four yards in the season opener. He finished the year with career-highs in receptions (72) and receiving yards (874). In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, against the Saints, Crabtree caught four passes for 25 yards.
2012: Breakout season
With quarterback Colin Kaepernick rising to the ranks as the 49ers' starting quarterback, Michael Crabtree continued to become the focal point of the offense. Crabtree topped 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career (1,105) and set a new career-high in receptions (85) and touchdowns (nine). The 6-foot-2 receiver played lights out in the playoffs -- twice going over 100 receiving yards, with three touchdowns-- in San Francisco's three-game Super Bowl run.
Riddled by injury
On May 22, 2013, during team OTA's, Crabtree suffered a torn right Achilles tendon injury -- he had surgery the following day. Crabtree didn't see game action until Week 13. In the final five games of the season, Crabtree caught 19 passes for 284 yards and one touchdown. He helped the 49ers defeat the Packers in the playoffs with a eight reception, 125-yard performance. In three playoff games he had 15 receptions for 203 yards. The 49ers lost to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game 23-17.
Joining the Dark Side
After his contract had expired with the 49ers, Michael Crabtree accepted a one-year deal to join the Oakland Raiders across the Bay. After 12 games, where he racked up 66 grabs for 760 yards and seven touchdowns, the Raiders re-signed Crabtree to a four-year, $35 million deal.